Actor Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett-Smith have received waves of criticism and occasionally compliments for their modern approach of parenting. Their three children, Willow, Jaden, and Trey (son of Will’s marriage prior to Jada) have never been physically beaten, received any corporal punishment, and have been given the opportunities to state why their actions were right or justified in their eyes. Will Smith recently shared details on his modern parenting during an interview with The Sun, and even spoke on how his son of 14 years is planning to emancipate himself at his next birthday.
Jaden Smith is not the regular teenager. He’s been busy leaving a mark in both the Hollywood and Hip Hop music industry. He stars in big screen movies alongside his father like “The Pursuit of Happiness” and the new Sci-Fi feature “After Earth”, he’s released his own mixtape and appeared on songs with the likes of Justin Beiber and younger sister, Willow.
During the conversation with The Sun, this is what Will had to say on his style of parenting and Jaden approaching him with the idea of emancipation.
“We generally don’t believe in punishment. From the time Jaden was 5 or 6, we would sit him down and all he had to do was explain why what he did was the right thing for his life. I think it’s more of a difficult question to ask someone than to try to show them why it was wrong.. and if he can explain why kicking his sister in the chest was the right thing to do, we can see to it that he understands that it wasn’t so smart.”
“I know if we do this, he can be an emancipated minor, because he really wants to have his own place, like ooh. That’s the backlash. On the other side, if kids just want to have command of their lives, I understand” Smith explained.
Their new style of parenting is a great example to use for maybe why they have such well rounded, talented, attractive kids. But seriously, who emancipates themselves from family and loved ones unless there’s some kind of bad memories or disfunction? No judgment though, this is just the by far the most awkward interview to witness. Do ya’ll think this is the “right thing” for any member of the Smith family?